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Assistant Nurse Manager, Research

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Closing date
May 15, 2022

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Nursing, General Nursing
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The Assistant Nurse Manager (ANM) to the Early Phase Clinical Trials unit oversees and manages the Research RN team supporting disease groups and functions to enhance the nursing role in the research enterprise while supporting the operational activities of the Early Phase Clinical Trials unit (EPCTU). Furthermore, the ANM will assist with the ongoing integration of research and standard of care interventional treatments in cancer to optimize the overall cancer care and enhance the experience of research participants as they navigate the health system, including standard of care procedures and treatments.

The responsibilities for this role includes but it is not limited to: hiring, overseeing training in association with nurse educator, developing, managing, and evaluating the Research RN (RRN) team. This position sets priorities for RRN workload, ensures appropriate coverage for RRN responsibilities, and collaborates with research and the health care leadership as well as internal and external stakeholders with the goal of creating resources, resolving issues, and removing obstacles for team members.

The Research RN Assistant Manager works in close collaboration with the ambulatory oncology leadership team to ensure integration of nursing roles to ensure seamless care of standard of care and research patients. In support of these activities, the Research RN Assistant Manager is involved in continual process improvement to further the efficiency of clinical trials conduction and enhance research volunteers' experience. This position reports directly to the Nurse Manager (NM) of the Early Phase Clinical Trials Infusion Unit.

Strategic Planning
  • Assists in development of the department strategic plan that reflects the division strategic plan and nursing's vision.
  • Participates in formulating objectives, goals and specific strategies related to initiatives.
  • Assists in developing short and long-term goals that identify the target conditions.
  • Assists in coordinating the implementation of interventions to meet department-level goals.
  • Assists with communicating implementing, and evaluating the unit strategic plan.

Operational Leadership
  • Ascribes to systems theory with an understanding that how parts of a system relate to the overall system.
  • Maintains knowledge of current nursing practice and the roles and functions of care team members (e.g. charge nurse, code team, RRT)
  • Evaluates staff's competency and intervenes to optimize performance and ensure safe, quality, effective and efficient patient care.
  • Promotes and practices patient/family advocacy.
  • Maintains visibility and open communication with the staff and department leadership.
  • Communicates plans and decisions to department staff and other stakeholders.
  • Asserts view in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Recognizes one's own method of decision-making and the role of beliefs, values and inferences.
  • Promotes patient-centered decisions and outcomes.
  • Actively participates in shared-governance structures and promotes decisions made within the governance structure.
  • Evaluates staffing, scheduling and patient care assignments to assure they are based on role and clinical practice expertise.
  • Celebrates successes and accomplishments.

Financial Management
  • Monitors department finances according to performance targets.
  • Reports areas for improvement and implements corrective course as indicated.
  • Assures the use of staffing tools and guidelines to manage productivity.
  • Monitors use of premium pay.
  • Educate team members on financial implications of patient care decisions.
  • Assists the manager/director in determining department level resource priorities.

Human Resources
  • Uses evidence-based leadership to promote desired behaviors
  • Develops a high-functioning workforce in collaboration with the department leadership
  • Recognizes and rewards exemplary professional practice
  • Coaches staff in an ongoing and progressive manner
  • Monitors and evaluates the application of practice standards
  • Collaborates with department leadership to facilitate behaviors that impact safety, quality, patient satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.
  • Resolves and manages conflict to promote optimal outcomes.
  • Maintains professional boundaries.
  • Participates in recruiting & retaining highly qualified staff.
  • Participates in succession planning initiatives.

Performance Improvement
  • Participates in the development of the department quality plan.
  • Utilizes department data to identify areas for improvement based on assessment and current states.
  • Monitors and uses data to determine patient care quality improvement objectives.
  • Engages staff in department initiatives.
  • Disseminates the impact/benefits of organizational, nursing, and department initiatives.
  • Identifies areas of risk and makes suggestions for reducing risk and improving outcomes.
  • Investigates concerns and errors to understand occurrences of errors or adverse events.
  • Communicates learning locally and through the system to disseminate best- practices.
  • Supports workflow processes that reduce error potential.

  • Evaluates practice in relation to the PPM and existing evidence.
  • Sets expectations for clinical staff to exercise autonomy and decision- making authority consistent with scope of practice and performance description.
  • Advances practice excellence by communicating a clear and consistent message about the expectations for role and standards -based professional practice.
  • Engages in informal and formal processes of giving and seeking feedback regarding role performance from individuals, professional colleagues, representatives, administrators, and others.

Education: BSN or higher degree in nursing

  • 3-5 years of current clinical experience in oncology nursing, previous charge nurse or other leadership experience
  • At least 1 year of Research coordination experience
  • Current CITI training and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses:
  • Unencumbered Oregon RN License
  • BLS for healthcare provider
  • Specialty certification
  • Job Specific (ACLS, NRP, etc.)

Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with otr without accommodation

  • Master's degree in nursing or a related field
  • Previous management experience
  • Nurse executive certification
  • Assistant Nurse Manager Experience and/or other nursing leadership experience
  • 3 years of research nurse experience
  • Experience working in an ambulatory care setting
  • Understanding of Institutional Review Board functions
  • OCN certification

Fiscal Responsibilities
  • Monitors expenditures against departmental budget; prepares necessary documentation for supervisor review/approval; tabulates budgetary data, calculates figures, and checks for accuracy.

Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Number of employees this position supervises: 10 Research Nurses

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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